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Comment: Re:is it me or is it 30 years too late? (Score 1) 133

I certainly believe that there are new things under the sun. I just don't believe that there are as many of them as our trendsetting media would like us to think. Come to think of it, I'll bet that the truly new things under the sun are seldom well covered. I guess Sturgeon's Law applies.

Comment: Re:This can be extremely misleading. (Score 1) 488

by EmagGeek (#47565613) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Is the collection still on your credit report? Something similar happened to me where the hospital ignored a letter from the insurance company asking for more information, and so the insurance company never paid.

The issue was ultimately resolved however the credit bureaus initially refused to remove the item, since the hospital confirmed that I technically did owe the debt at the time it was turned over to collections. It took me six months and a court hearing demonstrating the hospital's lack of due diligence in cooperating with the insurance company to finally get it removed.

Comment: Words mean things (Score 1) 260

by EmagGeek (#47565565) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

"The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material."

Look up the word "primary" in the dictionary. Ford does not install entertainment systems in their cars for the "primary" purpose of ripping CDs.

Words mean things.

Comment: What partisan wrote this? (Score 1) 111

by EmagGeek (#47565545) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

"There might not be much functional difference between a 93% and a 95%, but the person scoring higher will get promoted disproportionately quicker."

This weasel language implies that it's not fair that someone that scores higher on the test gets promoted faster, and also implies that any promotion due to higher grades is "disproportionate," which is media-speak for "unfair."

"This inspired a ring of officers to cheat in order to meet the unrealistic expectations of the Air Force."

Why is it unrealistic that those in charge of launching missiles that will end life on this planet as we know it pass a very high bar of excellence?

Comment: Re:Lost the "tech" in tech support (Score 1) 217

by Greyfox (#47565015) Attached to: Comcast Confessions
Just use the Google public DNS. Also, Windows 7 can have intermittent DNS issues like that when waking up from hibernation. It can ping fine by IP, just not domain name. So if the problem keeps happening after you switch to Google, that's probably why. From poking around on the Internet, Microsoft's answer to that seems to be "Try another network card." Mine is, "The problem doesn't happen with Linux."

Comment: doesn't matter (Score 5, Interesting) 173

by Trailer Trash (#47559943) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

1. The President doesn't support this. He's the executive and is over the NSA. If he really wanted to stop bulk data collection he would simply call the NSA and say "hey, quit doing bulk collection". The law is needed specifically because he doesn't support it.

2. Unless the law will include criminal penalties it's of no value. A cursory glance shows that it simply says "hey, don't do that" instead of "hey, don't do that, and if you do it'll be a class _ felony with a minimum penalty of ___". It's interesting how laws made to limit non-government workers *always* have the criminal penalties, and laws that are made to limit government workers always conveniently forget that part. When we start jailing people who break laws like this we'll start making headway.

Comment: Like So Many of Humanity's Woes (Score 3, Interesting) 807

by Greyfox (#47556983) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
This one seems to be caused by a tiny percentage of assholes on both sides. Peace will never be in the assholes' best interest as it will reduce the amount of control the assholes have over their populations. Dozens of times during my lifetime peace has been within reach, only to be shattered by some asshole on one side or the other. Until such time as leaders arise on both sides who are interested and committed to a peaceful solution, this situation will not change.

Comment: Re:Sound Familiar Anyone?? (Score 1) 882

SWA has a right to say who can and cannot occupy their airplanes, and they may place conditions upon that occupancy as they see fit.

Their plane, their rules. Property rights unquestionably trump free speech rights. If someone walks onto my property and holds up a sign, I can kick them off my property and it is not a violation of their free speech rights.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach